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Ecuador - Amazon and Galapagos Islands

12 Days / 11 Nights
Ecuador: Amazon and Galapagos Islands

Quito, Napo River, Galapagos Islands, Guayaquil

Journey to a country that sits exactly on the equator! Officially known as the "Republic of the Equator," Ecuador boasts extraordinary geographic areas—many listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Experience guided tours with a natural historian. And be awestruck by Amazon rainforests and the astonishing Galápagos Islands where you can encounter animal and plant species found nowhere else on earth.

Trip Highlights

Early Morning Rainforest Trek

Take a guided journey into the rainforest just after sunrise. Encounter animals, birds and exotic insects as they begin their day. And feel inspired by the diverse sights and sounds the rainforest reveals in the early morning.


Canoe Excursion Along the Napo River

Paddle into the habitat of the pink river dolphin! Fill your senses with the ambiance of this tropical environment as you keep alert for animal sightings, such as black caimans, river turtles and sloth.


Jungle Canopy Tower Walk

Walk through the upper layer of the Amazon rainforest and you just might encounter wildlife you've never seen before living in this lush habitat that contains half of all plant species.


Visit to Limoncocha Biological Reserve

Discover a tropical paradise, rich with unique trees and a large variety of bird, fish and mammal species. Be awestruck by the beauty surrounding you as you learn about the reserve's history and culture as well as the role it plays in protecting wildlife.


Cooking Class in Quito

Learn how to make Andean specialties like ceviche using fresh ingredients while Junior Adventurers prepare dessert at Zazu, a favorite local restaurant.


Adventure Dates

  • 2019
  • June 25-July 6, 2019
  • July 9-July 20, 2019
  • August 6-August 17, 2019
  • September 10-September 21, 2019: Adult Exclusive (18 and older)
  • December 24-January 4, 2020
  • 2020
  • January 14-January 25, 2020: Adult Exclusive (18 and older)

Adventure Daily Itinerary

Day One - 2017

Arrive in Quito
¡Bienvenidos! An Adventures by Disney representative will greet you, assist with your luggage and ensure smooth transport to the JW Marriott Hotel.

JW Marriott Hotel Quito
Welcome to Quito, also known as "The Middle of the Earth"! This grand hotel in Ecuador's capital is surrounded by mesmerizing views of the distant snow-capped mountains and volcanoes. Sit back and stretch your legs while your Adventure Guides check you in. If your flight arrives earlier in the day, you may opt to have a family dinner on your own at the hotel.

Meals Included: None

Day Two - 2017

Welcome Breakfast
¡Buenos Días! Enjoy an early morning welcome breakfast with your fellow Adventurers as you prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.

Travel into the Amazon Basin
Hop aboard a private motor coach to the airport for a short flight to the city of Coca. Here you will be introduced to water travel local-style—a motorized canoe. Now you're closing in on your destination—and your home for the next four nights—the Anakonda, a refined riverboat.

Settle into the Anakonda
Explore this finely appointed vessel—reserved privately for Adventures by Disney—with three levels, observation deck, multiple sitting areas, outdoor whirlpool spa and an al fresco lounge.

Nature Observation
Stroll the decks or find a nook to view the surroundings and relax with fellow Adventurers. As the Anakonda navigates the river, there are plenty of rewards for those with a keen eye.

Exclusive Welcome Dinner
Share your excitement and get to know your fellow Adventurers as you dine on delightful fare and toast your first night in the Amazon region.

Nocturnal Rainforest Walk
Venture into the rainforest for a guided experience like no other. You may possibly witness animals that would go unseen during daylight including night tree frogs, kinkajous and exotic insects. Go for it! You only live once.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day Three - 2017

Breakfast Onboard the Anakonda

Wake up to a delicious breakfast and get ready for a day of adventures.

Early Morning Rainforest Trek

At the break of dawn, take a tour into the rainforest guided by a local naturalist who has called the Amazon home for his entire life. Witness and learn about the forest and its inhabitants as this rich ecosystem shifts from night to daylight activity.

Lunch at a Remote Lodge

Taste the flavors of the Amazon region as you and your fellow Adventurers enjoy a tasty cooked lunch.

Canoe Excursion Along the Napo River

Let your senses take in the sights, sounds and scents of this lush environment on an afternoon canoe trip. Paddle through a habitat of the pink river dolphin. Keep your eyes open—you might see black caimans, toucans, monkeys, bats, river turtles and the rare sloth.

Dinner Onboard the Anakonda

Relax with the other Adventurers while you share a meal as well as stories from the day.

Disney Movie Night

Adults can relax while Junior Adventurers enjoy a Disney movie with snacks and soft drinks. Grown-ups can always join in if they wish!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day Four - 2017

Visit a Local Community
Visit a small village to meet local artisans and watch them at work. Here you'll have the opportunity to meet the locals, make crafts and acquire genuine craft work to commemorate your Amazon adventure.

Canopy Tower Walk
Ascend into the jungle canopy and see nature from a whole new angle, learning all about this unique habitat and the plant life that makes it possible.

Stargazing in the Amazon
During one of your nights in the Amazon (weather permitting), you'll turn your attention to the heavens as hundreds of far-off stars put on a dazzling light show.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day Five - 2017

Breakfast Onboard the Anakonda

Start off your day by joining fellow Adventurers for a delicious breakfast.

Parrot Clay Licks

There are several theories as to why certain parrots and other birds eat clay. But one thing is certain—once you see hundreds of birds rain from the sky to eat soil, you will not forget it!

Lunch Onboard the Anakonda

Gather with your fellow Adventurers to partake in a savory lunch in the dining room.

Limoncocha Biological Reserve

With over 450 species of birds, this reserve is a birdwatcher's paradise and one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. The dense marshland contains many medicinal plants that have been used for generations and new ones being discovered regularly. At dusk, watch the fireflies appear in a natural light show. If you're lucky, you might also get to see a black caiman!

Dinner Onboard the Anakonda

Enjoy your last sumptuous dinner aboard the Anakonda as the sun sets.

Note: Animal sightings are not guaranteed.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner


Day Six - 2017

Morning Excursion
Take one last stroll through the Amazon for another chance at a rare wildlife sighting before returning to the Anakonda for lunch.

Say "Adiós" to the Amazon
Disembark the Anakonda via motorized canoe back to the city of Coca and to your flight back to Quito. Transfer from the Quito airport to the JW Marriott Hotel.

Cooking Class at Zazu
Zazu is one of Quito's top restaurants and you're in for a treat! Before your dinner at this trendy eatery, you'll learn how to create local favorites like ceviche—using fresh, local ingredients—while the Junior Adventurers prepare dessert!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day Seven - 2017

Walking Tour of City Center
Named one of the best preserved city centers in the Americas by UNESCO, Quito is a wonderful place to walk and take in the regional flavor. Guided through the colonial core by a resident expert, you will stroll down the famous thoroughfare La Ronda, enjoy its architecture and meet a local craftsman.

The Sweetest Parts of Quito
Visit a chocolate shop on La Ronda, learn about how some of the greatest chocolate in the world is made here and—of course—taste some! After you sample a selection of Quito's delicious sweets, you'll have a delicious lunch.

Mercados Central and Artesanal
See the locals shop amongst the bustle, sounds, scents and many hues of the Mercado Artesanal and Mercado Central. Here you can discover handmade textiles, jewelry, crafts, fresh produce and local delicacies.

Evening on Your Own
Take the motor coach back to the hotel and the evening is yours to do with as you wish. Explore Quito's wide variety of dining options from refined cuisine to family fare for a delicious evening of your own making.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day Eight - 2017

Breakfast at the Hotel

Enjoy an early breakfast before your flight to the Galápagos Islands.

Fly to the Galápagos Islands

Head to the airport for your flight to Baltra and the next leg of your adventure. When you arrive, your first stop will be the Galápagos Tortoise Reserve!

Galápagos Tortoise Reserve – Lunch & Privately Guided Tour

After a tasty lunch at the Reserve, discover the pride of the Galápagos Islands! See famed giant tortoises in their natural habitat, moving at their usual unhurried pace. Take a privately guided tour of the Galápagos Tortoise Reserve and learn about these elegant behemoths as you walk among them. Also in this area you can see many of the islands' bird species including Darwin's finches, cattle egrets and short-eared owls.

Check-In and Afternoon at The Finch Bay Hotel

As your Adventure Guides check you in, enjoy an introduction to the hotel and surrounding environs, along with a well-deserved beverage. Take in ocean vistas from the pool deck as the sun dips into the horizon. And enjoy an afternoon of leisure!

Dinner at the Hotel & Stargazing in the Galápagos

Savor your first night in the Galápagos with a dinner at the hotel. Then, for your evening entertainment, turn your gaze skyward for a welcoming display of stars in the heavens!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day Nine - 2017

Fuel up for a particularly active day covering land and sea, with a dip in the sea, as well.

Santa Fe Island Yacht Excursion
After breakfast you'll navigate the azure waters to this small, conspicuously flat island. On land can be seen Palo Santo trees, which translates as "holy trees" and are said to have traditional healing powers. The island is also home to a large colony of blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds and swallow-tailed gulls. If you're lucky, you might catch a sea lion body surfing the on-shore swells.

Return to the yacht to grab a bite, relax a bit—then head off for the next adventure.

Head back to the Finch Hotel to share stories around the pool and enjoy a most well-earned and satisfying meal.

**Due to party size limitations on the yacht, your groups' Day 9 & 10 experiences may be swapped, but all Adventurers will get a chance to enjoy all the activities in the described itinerary.

Day Ten - 2017

Breakfast at the Hotel

Wake up to a delicious breakfast and get ready for the activities ahead.

Nature Walk to Tortuga Bay Beach*

Start your day with an invigorating hike with a naturalist to Tortuga Bay Beach. Tortuga Bay is a perfectly preserved beach that is forbidden to swimmers and is reserved only for wildlife. You'll get a chance to see marine iguanas, Galapagos crabs and birds. Discover a nearby separate cove where you can swim, snorkel and soak up the sun.

Lunch At Your Leisure

Enjoy lunch back at the Finch Bay Hotel and get ready for an afternoon of activities on your own.

Afternoon Activities On Your Own

Hike back to a small canyon in the earth to explore the various pools at high tide. When the tide is in at Las Grietas, the lower pools are accessible to sea life, so bring snorkel gear from the hotel. You'll also be able to go biking, birdwatching, sea kayaking, shopping in Puerto Ayora or just enjoy the pool and beachfront access.

Dinner at the Hotel

Look back on this magical adventure as you watch your last sunset in the Galapagos. Junior Adventurers get to celebrate together with a pizza party and Disney movie.

*Due to party size limitations on the yacht, your groups' Day 9 & 10 experiences may be swapped, but all Adventurers will get a chance to enjoy all the activities in the described itinerary.A Panga will take Adventurers from the yacht to the beach, where they will experience a wet landing upon disembarkation.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner


Day Eleven - 2017

Breakfast at the Hotel

Bid goodbye to the finches at your last breakfast at the Finch Bay Hotel and get ready to fly from Galapagos to Guayaquil in preparation for your trip home.

Flight to Guayaquil and Lunch

Be transferred to Baltra airport for your flight from Baltra Island to the mainland. Enjoy lunch on the plane.

Check-In at Hilton Colon Guayaquil Hotel

As your Adventure Guides check you into your hotel for the evening, make yourself at home in this comfortable, modern hotel.

Farewell Dinner in Guayaquil

Meet with your fellow Adventurers for this final feast in Ecuador. A surprise awaits you as you relive the highlights of your trip together.

Traditional Ecuadorian Musical Entertainment

Sway with the rhythms that rock the Andean mountains at this exclusive musical show featuring Ecuadorian musicians. They even give music lessons to anyone wanting to play the pipes!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day Twelve - 2017

Breakfast at the Hotel

Fuel up for your trip ahead.

Transfer to Guayaquil International Airport

Board your pre-arranged transportation to Guayaquil International Airport and say adiós to Ecuador—until you return again!

Meals Included: Breakfast

**Parts of this trip take place at altitudes between 8,000-11,000 ft/2,438-3,352 m.